Metro East Sun 7-16-18
On the one-year anniversary of the 2017 state budget that included a record-setting 32 percent permanent income tax hike, Republican House candidate Dwight Kay has the same questions he's always asked.
“I’ve always been curious to know what all this additional revenue was needed for,” Kay told the Metro East Sun. “As for now, I’m like everyone else in wanting to know where all that money went. They told people they were going to balance the budget, pay pensions and pay down debt. It’s hard to see how much of that could have happened when we still have nearly $8 billion in unpaid debt.”
Kay counts himself among the growing crowd that staunchly believes raising the individual tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent and the corporate tax rate from 5.25 percent to 7 percent have done none of the things lawmakers who overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto to ram the bill through assured that it would.
“Our bond rating is still bad and no better, we’re still in a deficit position and we still have a tremendous amount of unpaid bills,” said Kay, who is running against incumbent Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) in Illinois’ 112th District. “We now also have the lowest growth rate of any state in the country. While other states are enjoying job growth, Illinois is just languishing behind with the smallest of everybody.”Read more
The primary election is only a few days away, and that’s when we see the worst of politicians and recently you may have seen some so-called “attack” ads. Frankly, I’m disappointed my opponent, backed by Chicago politicians, stooped to this level of lies and distortions.
Ronald Reagan always talked about the 11th amendment “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” And I believe in that. So let me get to the facts:
• I have and always will support term limits
• I have been one of the most outspoken critics of Mike Madigan and his corrupt machine
• I have opposed pay raises for lawmakers and will take a voluntary 10 percent pay cutRead more
-Supports term limits
-Will cut his own pay and refuse lavish pension
-Will lead the fight against corrupt Mike Madigan
The following statement was released by Dwight Kay, Republican candidate for state Representative in Illinois’ 112th House district:
“It’s time for Mike Madigan to go. After multiple, credible reports that for years Madigan’s office has been a den of personal intimidation and sexual predation, I—as a taxpaying citizen—demand his immediate resignation.
“I also call upon state Rep. Katie Stuart to join me in condemning his despicable actions. Madigan’s operation is so horrendous one female Democrat lawmaker said the way his office treats women is ‘an abuse of power.’
“It’s bad enough Madigan is the kingpin of the corruption in Springfield which has hurt our families with higher property taxes and fewer jobs. Now we learn he has been protecting sexual predators for years. He must resign.”
As I walk door to door speaking to voters the number one topic on people's minds is our skyrocketing property taxes. Property taxes in Illinois have doubled in recent years, and we now have the honor of paying the highest taxes in the nation!
We can thank the incompetent and corrupt government leaders in Springfield, led by long-time Chicago kingpin Mike Madigan, for the property tax burden placed on Illinois families. But Madigan is merely a pawn of public sector unions, who bankroll the Democrat majorities in the legislature.
That's why I support a freeze on property taxes at 1% and a requirement that local referendum be held if a taxing body wants more. Let the people decide. It's also why, if elected, I will not accept a pension and I will cut my pay by 10%.
Most of all, we need more fiscal discipline in Illinois to take the burden off of Illinois families like yours and mine.